Autism 101 is a series to dispel misconceptions about Asperger’s and Autism in general. I write this post with the help of my 7 year old son, Brady. I could not express these opinions without his input or approval.
Let’s talk about processing. Processing is a fundamental concept when talking about autism.
Take the example of this old fashioned typewriter–it’s the best way I know to show processing. It has keys and you type by entering keys, one by one to form words,
but sometimes there is too much going on, and it’s like when this typewriter has five or six keys mashed together
The keys jam together and Brady freezes up. Things that make this happen are large groups. A noisy setting. School is full of small events that “make the keys jam together”
It doesn’t feel very good and if you don’t have a word for it or a nice visual like a typewriter with the keys jammed together, it can get a little scary. It becomes less scary when you understand it.
Brady can tell he’s having a tough time at the birthday party. He’s asking for a break. How can he make it better?
Different things. A little bit of time. Having my classmates and friends know that I’m processing. Do you think other people might have processing problems or do you think only someone with Asperger’s?
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